New Year, New You

This is a New Years post because it is a new year and I figured why not, easy topic and I haven’t posted in a while. I write this from my hotel room in India (Mumbai to be more exact, apologies for any formatting wonkiness I’m posting from my phone) and wonder what I want for 2018. I know that for me 2017 was not the best year, this trip being an exception, so what changes can I make in the coming year to make things better?

One thing to get off first is that I’m not a fan of New Years resolutions, I think they are just a cheap feel good tactic. Something that makes it easy to put off making changes until half way through the year thinking you have a whole year to do it then when June comes and you haven’t done anything about those resolutions it’s too easy to just wait until next year. That’s my long winded way of saying this is not a New Years resolution post.

What is it is a post about how I can be better to make up for 2017. Now some things weren’t in my control for last year, some things couldn’t have been better had I tried, but some things were. The reason those things didn’t work out come down to things I can change. Here is a list of things I want to improve on and how I think I will do that.

1.) Think Decisions Through Better.

Normally I’m a proponent of leaping without looking. This has led to a lot of failures on my part. Failed (half-assed) businesses, bad career moves, bad investment decisions etc. Most of those I have taken as learning opportunities but some have been costly mistakes that I don’t want to make again. In this coming year I want to think before I decide on something. That means being a bit more mindful and taking time to research things before I commit to them.

2.) Focus.

This is a recurring theme of mine. I have a tendency to try to do too much and end up being very busy but accomplishing nothing. I need to try harder to focus better. Right now I’m in a position where I’m a jack of all trades but not even close to a master of anything. My knowledge is very broad but not very deep, and I need to improve that. I am going to make an effort to not get distracted and instead to spend my time wisely, focused on what I really want, not on the easy distractions.

3.) Keep Trying New and Exciting Things.

With the above said, I still want to keep trying new stuff. For me, being stuck in a place where every day just feels the same is a bad place to be. I need to have things that mix it up a little. That means a few things, but mostly boils down to spare time being spent pursuing new things instead of wasting around watching YouTube and surfing Reddit. I have a few things I want to try out and will make a list and see how many I can do. Some of those things are not entirely new, but rather are getting back into old hobbies I let fall to the wayside. Either way, it should be good.

4.) Be More Mindful.

By this I mean more than just meditating, I want to actually apply awareness and mindfulness to the every day experience. I don’t want to get caught up in what others are doing, don’t want to get caught up in a loop of laziness and negativity. I want to stay in the present and keep up with being positive. This kind of feeds into my last goal for the New Year.

5.) Be Healthier.

2017 was a bad year for me from a health standpoint. It was a year spent at the doctors with sinus infections, herniated disks, stomach problems and a few other illnesses. Because of this and because of general laziness and lack of focus I let my fitness fall to the wayside. This year I want to focus, actually pay attention to, my health. That means better eating and correct exercise. No over training, but rather some proper workouts that actually leave me healthier.

Those are my main things for the coming year. I don’t want to drone on with other boring goals like “be better with money” or more specific goals like “finish wedding planning”. I posted these as a way for me to keep a log of what I want to do and maybe to inspire someone else. These are not resolutions, but they are goals I need to keep. Because they are not limited to the New Year though that means that you can set these goals any time. Mine just happen to coincide with the New Year.

Merry belated Christmas and a happy and productive New Year (or new goal setting session).

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